Yarntown is a creative and excellent mashup of Zelda-style gameplay and aesthetics combined with the map and boss battles from Bloodborne.
Have you ever considered what Bloodborne would play like if it was a The Legend of Zelda styled action RPG? Well Yarntown is here to answer that burning question you had no idea you were asking, and the answer is a fantastic 16-bit title that expertly combines both franchises in a fun and unique mashup:
Yarntown is a Zelda styled top-down recreation of Bloodborne’s Central Yharnam area, complete with the Cleric Beast and Father Gascoigne fights. The gameplay video posted above runs through both of those boss battles and the game itself was created by Max Mraz using the Solarus engine.
According to Mraz, the entirety of the Central Yharnam in Yarntown is faithfully recreated, so there are multiple routes, unlockable shortcuts and all the majority of the different enemies — including the rabid dogs, the huntsman, the executioners, the rotted corpses and both the bosses (Cleric Beast and Father Gascoigne). Player’s combat skills are limited to a normal melee attack, a charged attack, pistol shots and a dodge roll — so combat is definitely more akin to Zelda than Bloodborne, but it does keep some Soulsian things, such as the stamina bar.
You can download the full game here.
This is hardly the first time Zelda has been combined with another genre or title. For instance YouTube channel 64 Bits created a fantastic “Paper Zelda” RPG style trailer using the same graphical and animation style as the popular Paper Mario RPG titles.
There are plenty of other amazing fan works that fans have created to celebrate the franchise as a whole. An extremely talented artist combined scenes from the upcoming Breath of the Wild 2 with the artstyle from the recent Link’s Awakening remake. Another artist created A Link Between Worlds diorama using the shell of a Gameboy. There’s an absolutely stunning Studio Ghibli-style Breath of the Wild fan animated trailer, while a dedicated fan spent two years recreating Breath of the Wild weapons. We have an animated pixel art mockup of a dungeon scene from Zelda II. The winner for last year’s official Link’s Awakening fanworks contest was revealed, with some great submissions from plenty of talented artists. And if you want something incredible from outside this contest, there’s this fantastic 3D printed recreation of Koholint Island from the game. The artist even provides a tutorial at the end of their video in case anyone else wanted to make one for themselves.
Some other works include Link’s house from Breath of the Wild faithfully created using Lego blocks, this lovely Sheikah runes phone charger, art of Twilight Princess meets Breath of the Wild, fanart of Link in the vibrant forest from Majora’s Mask, a recreation of the Breath of the Wild lantern, a bottle of Lon Lon milk from Ocarina of Time, and an alarm clock that plays A Link to the Past‘s theme.
The latest entry in the franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, is out now for Nintendo Switch and you can read our review of the game here. According to our reviewer, “Link’s Awakening is a remarkable remake of one of the more overlooked titles in the Legend of Zelda franchise.”